While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”
He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.
Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,
he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you…
Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted;
…for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
When they had sung the hymn to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre,
“For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.”
they went out to the Mount of Olives.
*Psalm 92:1-4; Matthew 26: 26-30 (Jesus words in purple); Isaiah 40:29-31, NRSV
During a recent camping trip, I felt frustrated, thinking I couldn’t communicate with anyone just because I lacked access to text messages, voicemail, email, and social media. I’ve grown so used to such things that suddenly being without the Internet or cell service felt like a significant loss or adjustment. I began to wonder if I feel the discomfort of adjustment and a sense of loss when disconnected from God.
We’ve grown accustomed to technology because the technology is readily accessible and we use it regularly. When we lose access, we notice rather quickly. We may even feel lost or frustrated. Disconnecting from technology can arouse such strong feelings. What kind of feelings surface when we disconnect from God? When we let the cares of the world compromise our connection with God do we even realize it? We would feel lost being disconnected from God only if we had been accustomed to a strong connection with God beforehand. If we live prayerfully, read scripture, and strive to grow in our awareness of His presence in this world, then we will notice when we lose access and are facing a difficult adjustment.
Unlike cell service or Internet connections—the strength of which is often situational and beyond our control—access to God isn’t so far out of our reach. We can guard against the busyness of life and the ways of the world that compromise our connection with God. We can stop making excuses for neglect, and we can grow closer to The Ever-Present God.
“From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’” (Acts 17:26-28, NRSV)
To what or whom have you grown accustomed: a life disconnected or unplugged from God (one outside the service area) or a life connected to God, who is readily accessible?